Gwyneth Paltrow has claimed that Hollywood nepotism babies have to work harder to prove themselves, but admits their connections allow them to ‘unfairly’ get into the industry.
The American actress, 49, opened up about her opinions on nepotism babies, which refers to children born into affluent or famous families, when appearing on Hailey Bieber’s Who’s In My Bathroom? YouTube series.
Gwyneth, who is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and late director Bruce Paltrow, said she thinks celebrity children are not as advantaged in Hollywood as some people believe.
Nepotism: Gwyneth Paltrow has claimed that Hollywood nepotism babies have to work harder to prove themselves but admits their connections allow them to ‘unfairly’ get into the industry
She said she thinks nepotism babies have to work ‘twice as hard’ once they get their foot in the door to prove themselves because people will say they ‘don’t belong’.
But Gwyneth also admitted that children with famous parents can ‘unfairly’ get into the industry and have access to opportunities which other people don’t have.
‘As the child of someone, you get access other people don’t have, so the playing field is not level in that way,’ she explained.
‘However, I really do feel that once your foot is in the door, which you unfairly got in, then you almost have to work twice as hard and be twice as good because people are ready to pull you down and say ‘You don’t belong there’ and ‘You are only there because of your dad or your mom’, or whatever the case may be.’
Famous parents: Gwyneth is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow (all pictured)
Giving advice to other nepotism babies, the Goop founder said the label shouldn’t ‘limit’ them and urged people not to let others have a ‘negative impact’ on their lives.
She added: ‘It shouldn’t limit you because what I believe is that nobody in the world, especially somebody who doesn’t know you, should have a negative impact on your path or the decisions that you make.’
Gwyneth has famous parents who found success in Hollywood and her comments came as she spoke to Hayley, who is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and graphic designer Kennya Baldwin.
The Iron Man star’s father Bruce, who died at the age of 58 in 2002, worked on shows including The White Shadow and St. Elsewhere, while her mother Blythe has starred in the likes of Futureworld, Hearts of the West, 1776 and Meet The Parents.
Footsteps: The Iron Man star’s mother Blythe (pictured) has starred in the likes of Futureworld, Hearts of the West, 1776 and Meet The Parents
Gwyneth has followed in her parents’ footsteps, enjoying a successful acting career and winning an Oscar and an Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love in 1999. She has since founded a lifestyle and wellness brand, Goop.
Gwyneth’s comments come after Jennifer Aniston – who has famous parents – recently faced backlash following comments she made about the ways internet stars find fame in modern society.
Last month, the Friends star, 53, caused controversy with comments she made during an interview with Pam & Tommy star Sebastian Stan, 39, during which she reflected on the way the likes of Paris Hilton and Monica Lewinsky’s fame was shaped by the rise of internet culture.
But she sparked a furious backlash from some Twitter users who claimed her comments about finding fame were ironic due to the fact her parents are late actress Nancy Dow and Days of Our Lives star John Aniston, 88.
Career: Gwyneth has followed in her parents’ footsteps, having a successful acting career and winning an Oscar and an Academy Award for Shakespeare in Love in 1999
In a segment of the Actors on Actors interview for Variety, the pair discussed the infamous Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee sex tape leak in 1995, which Stan’s Hulu series was based upon, leading Jennifer to discuss internet culture at the time.
She commented on how the leak took place at a period when the internet began to influence society as she stated: ‘It was right at the time when the internet really shaped a new culture about people becoming famous.
‘This thing of people becoming famous for basically doing nothing but yet having these incredible careers. And then women’s reputation… I mean — Paris Hilton, Monica Lewinsky, all those.’
Lewinsky was involved in a sex scandal with then-President Bill Clinton in 1998 after his two-year sexual relationship with the 24-year-old White House intern came to light, while Paris Hilton’s private sex tape featuring herself and then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was leaked onto the internet in 2004.
Fame: Jennifer Aniston recently faced backlash following comments she made about the ways internet stars find fame, despite her father being Days of Our Lives actor John Aniston
Stan replied: ‘When you look back at the ’90s, you do see how many things have happened in that decade. Even the O.J. Simpson thing was actually the beginning of 24-hour news.’
His comment led the Horrible Bosses star to add: ‘I feel so lucky that we got a little taste of the industry before it became what it is today… More streaming services — you’re famous from TikTok, you’re famous from YouTube, you’re famous from Instagram. It’s almost, like, it’s diluting the actor’s job.’
But her comments soon sparked a furious response from Twitter users who felt her reflections about finding fame were ironic due to the fact that she is a nepotism baby herself.
One fan tweeted: ‘Jennifer Aniston plays the same character which is just a version of herself in every movie and it consistently gives nothing. The only that saves her is she has pretty okay co stars to save as comic relief.. always the NEPOTISM babies with no talent wanting to give their take.’
Not impressed: Twitter users were quick to call out the Friends star for her comments, claiming that her career was boosted by the fact her parents Nancy Dow and John Aniston are actors
Another wrote: ‘Jennifer Aniston needs to calm down with her opinions when her nepotism got her into the industry and now she continues to make $20million per year just off syndication from a show that ended decades ago.’
‘they’re so mad they can’t gatekeep the title of celebrity to stay in their weird nepotism Hollywood elite (sic),’ another Twitter user stated.
One fan mused: ‘Jennifer Aniston (nepotism baby) not talking about the true injustice to the acting industry (nepotism) and instead pretending the acting profession is degraded when people from all walks of life have the opportunity to become actors based on their own hard work and virality (sic)’
Another added: ”I feel so lucky that nepotism got me in before TikTok, YouTube, Twitch, and other services gave other people the opportunity to be seen. I would have ~never~ been able to compete against such a candidate pool.’ – Jennifer Aniston, basically’.
However, some fans spoke out in defense of the Marley & Me star claiming she was right to say that internet platforms have allowed influencers to get roles traditionally given to actors.
Estranged: Jennifer’s late mother Nancy Dow starred in shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and The Wild Wild West; the pair famously had a 15-year feud over a tell-all book in 1999
‘She’s not wrong… the early 00’s was revolutionizing. You actually had to have talent,’ one person commented.
Another added: ‘She kind of has a point though. Trained actors and those just coming out of training have been getting sidelined for influencers with no training whatsoever for a while now. And it’s happening across the board, no matter the race/class.’
Jennifer’s parents divorced when she was nine years old, and the actress had an estranged relationship with her father – who initially discouraged her from pursing acting.
In 2012, The Bounty Hunter star told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘My dad’s advice has always been: ‘Don’t do it. Become a doctor. Become a lawyer.’
‘He didn’t want me to be heartbroken because he knew it was a tough business. It compelled me to go for it even harder. Do what keeps you happy, and don’t ever let people box you in.’
Born to be a star: Jennifer landed her first TV role alongside The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik (centre) in the short-lived 1990 series, Molloy
However, the veteran actor was supportive of her career once she began to make her name in Hollywood.
In a joint 1990 interview with E! News, the soap star praised the then-budding-actress as he stated: ‘Jennifer is a natural talent. There are certain things you can learn in this business, and there are certain things you can’t learn. The comic instinct that she has in unerring. That’s her greatest asset.’
The Bruce Almighty star landed obtained her first regular television role on Molloy in 1990 and appeared in Ferris Bueller, a television adaptation of the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Both shows were cancelled and the star had a few more minor roles before landing her breakout part as Rachel Green in Friends in 1994.
TV veteran: The actress also starred as as Jeannie Bueller in the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off spin-off series, Ferris Bueller, that same year